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"Five Souls": Israel hater on SWR talk show, but critic is attacked

Diversity is a priority these days, especially in the public sector. Anyone who wants to see with their own eyes and financed by their own broadcasting fees how this is implemented can tune in to the program “Five Souls” from Südwestdeutsche Rundfunk (SWR).

The three hosts Natasha Kimberly, Hadnet Tesfai and Thelma Buabeng invite two guests to each episode of this "colorful" program. According to its own statements, the program “takes up relevant issues from the cosmos of relationships and implements them in a humorous way without losing its seriousness”.

The show proved what is meant by humorous seriousness with the invitation of Feyza-Yasmin Ayhan. The woman is known as a poetry slamer by her stage name Yasmin Poesy. In 2015 she appeared in Berlin's Dar as Salam mosque at an event organized by the “German Youth for Palestine” (DJP) and made an appearance that must be seen as anti-Semitism related to Israel. The "Neukölln meeting place", to which the mosque belongs, was mentioned in the Berlin report for the protection of the constitution.

The editors must have known who you got into the show - at least if you search for the name Ayhan on Google, for example. It is also questionable on which relevant topic Ms. Feyza-Yasmin Ayhan should have taken a “humorous” position in the program.

The journalist Zara Riffler reported on Tichys Einblick about Ayhan's appearance, which can still be viewed online, and her invitation to the SWR broadcast. While the SWR does not want to distance itself from Ayhan and her openly anti-Semitic and anti-Israel statements, the journalist sees herself exposed to a smear campaign by Ayhan's management - on Thursday, of all days, on Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel.

Above: "Today of all days, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Ayhan's management is trying to start a hate campaign against me. Ayhan writes that I have an 'intellectual disability'. Among other things, I am insulted as a Nazi. 'Any criticism of Israel' would have nothing to do with anti-Semitism. @Tichyseinblick"

Serious insult and belittling of anti-Semitism
Meanwhile, Riffler insults such as “The woman obviously has a mental handicap” and the title “Nazi” are thrown at the head from Ayhan's environment. Her family is also referred to at the lowest level. Of course, Ayhan's management should not be without the usual trivialization of anti-Semitism with criticism of Israel.

A follower of Ayhan openly threatened Riffler on Instagram and linked the author to be visible to everyone. Thereupon Ayhan reacted and read the song "Long live Palestine" by the rapper "Lowkey". He is known for his comparisons of zombies with Zionists.

“In my opinion, a hate speech from Ms. Ayhan's management and herself against me as a journalist could only take place because the SWR has not publicly distanced itself from Ms. Ayhan. The SWR has thus given these people a certain amount of power, ”said Riffler in an interview with Junge Freiheit (JF).

“The fact that - as far as I know - there was no public statement and correction of this program with Ayhan, these people could apparently feel encouraged to explain Israel-related anti-Semitism as a criticism of Israel. The SWR is silent about it. "

The trailer of her new show with Yasmin Ayhan is still online. "So you are still promoting the new format with her, which would have the goal, at least that's how I was told, to defend the values ​​of the open society."

Journalist Malcom Ohanwe and cabaret artist Jasmina Kuhnke were also guests on the show, both of whom repeatedly draw attention and headlines with controversial statements.

SWR only saw YouTube video afterwards
When asked by JF, the SWR informed that the editorial team followed “clear editorial guidelines” when selecting the guests. This also includes getting a clear picture of the ideological positions of the guests. ”The editors only noticed the YouTube video with Ayhan's appearance after the program was broadcast. When asked whether the broadcaster felt responsible for the attacks on Riffler, a spokeswoman said:

“The SWR and the ' Five Souls ' team feel committed to the values ​​of the open society and distance themselves from all expressions of group-related misanthropy, especially anti-Semitic and racist ones. The aim of the talk show 'Five Souls' is to defend these ethical values ​​in an entertaining way from a variety of perspectives."

Source: Junge Freiheit
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